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. >> or their agencies or departments on the federal level that you would reduce or eliminate? >> in minnesota, we use priority age budget -- priority based budget, and i am proud of my record of cutting spending. minnesota had an average two- year increase of spending of 21% over 40 years. absolutely unsustainable and irresponsible. we cut that down to about 1.7% average spending growth during my time as governor. for the first time in history of my state, we have cut spending in real terms. one of the techniques we have used is priority based budgeting. we make a list of the things that government can and should do, but the most and -- put the most important things on top. in our case it was a military and veterans' families. higher education got cut, social services got cut, some state subsidized health care programs got cut, and much more. you have to be willing to set priorities and make tough decisions. i have a record of doing that in minnesota. >> when republicans had the white house and congress, george w. bush wasanded a budget surplus. do you find fault with both parties? >> is fair to say
their bets in ways that ar not helpful to the u.s. with respect to afghanistan. >> if the military thinks this is a good thing, then what would you say? >> you want to pay heed and gives some deference to the numbers -- members of the military and the leadership, for sure. there is no question about that. i know that president obama and others are starting to back off on that date as a hard deadline for beginning to dramatically reduce troops. they are talking about perhaps it will be a small reduction and they will see what goes on from there in terms of conditions on the ground. even they have backed off that day as a hard day. th is some progress, in my mind. what can we win afghanistan could mark >> we definitely can win in afghanistan. there is a long way to go in iraq, but with the right tactics, leadership, and tragic, we see a good future for iraq. that se hope can be in afghanistan if we follow the direction complete the mission. general petraeus said he thinks he can stall the insurgency's progress or stop it relatively quickly, and then began to turn it back our way. will take
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